The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has organised series of enlightenment programmes in three new benefitting LGAs of Ebonyi state, South-East, Nigeria, on its operational modalities and interventions.
Mr. Sunday Ituma, the IFAD-VCDP State Programme Coordinator (SPC), said the enlightenment programmes would acquaint farmers in the councils the requirements needed to benefit from the programmes.
He noted that farmers in these councils would benefit from the additional financing scheme for the next three years as the programme is satisfied with the responses received from them.
According to him, the messages have adequately been driven in communities of these councils as farmers’ representatives and relevant stakeholders made useful contributions.
Mrs. Fransisca Anya, the IFAD-VCDP Rural Institution Gender Youth Mainstreaming Officer (RIGYMO), in Ebonyi, noted that over 304 farmer groups have been profiled in the three LGAs.
“They were informed that IFAD-VCDP does not offer loans to farmers but intervene in forms of matching grants in farm input provisions.
Farmers should change their mindset on the usage of the inputs and ensure they are judiciously utilised to enhance their farming productivity,” she said.
Chief Basil Okeh, a farmer in Ohaukwu LGA, thanked IFAD—VCDP for extending its interventions in the council, pledging that farmers will ensure the effective utilisation of the interventions.